'13 Reasons Why' Review: Why Netflix's Series Is A Must

Actress  singer Selena Gomez arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater

In 13 Reasons Why, teenager Clay Jensen comes home from school one day to discover a box of old-school tapes cassettes on his doorstep.

"I think kids especially, with social media sometimes, they just feel a little claustrophobic, and I don't think their voice is actually being heard".

Warning: spoilers from Episode 13 ahead! . I still reactively balk at the decision to take a fascinating tale of doomed female experience and place it in the hands of a male character - a demographic that's already well represented in the halls of high school drama - and while I'm still not sure I agree with the narrative choice, I couldn't name a better candidate to shoulder the often lovely and deeply stirring truths Hannah slowly unpacks. Amid all of it is the misfit-of-sorts Clay, who had a seemingly mutual attraction to Hannah and who finds himself trying to put the pieces together, even when some are trying hard to stop him. As I say in my video review above it is made all the more engrossing by its two leads - relative newcomer Katherine Langford as Hannah and Dylan Minnette as Clay. She's charming, and cheeky, and she is above the gender clichés of high school. Like "This Is Us", the action jumps back and forth between tenses, but "13 Reasons Why" has a dreamier quality that, particularly for binge-ers, becomes mesmerizing. "You've never been a girl".

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It makes her a leper among numerous other girls - some of whom she used to call friends - and a target for leering boys' lust and ridicule.

Click through the gallery to see the dazzling red carpet looks from the 13 Reasons Why premiere. It's one of many moments that deftly captures the encroaching and unfair realities of adult life. The background on the show keeps getting deeper, richer. But who knows, by the story's end, maybe it's Hannah who's the tormentor, and they're, in fact, the victims? This forced the expansion of numerous surrounding teen characters, including Alisha Boe's spiraling cheerleader Jessica, Christian Navarro's car-loving Tony, Michelle Selene Ang's Type-A Courtney, Justin Prentice's slimy BMOC Bryce, Miles Heizer's approval-starved Alex and more. "It's actually Hannah's color, which is our main character", she explained.

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